Community Events – The Tender Land

Grosse Pointe War Memorial ConcertValentine’s Day Dinner and Concert
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Dinner 5:30 p.m., concert 7:00 p.m.
Grosse Pointe War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms

The artists of Michigan Opera Theatre Studio visits the Grosse Pointe War Memorial for a romantic evening of beautiful music and gourmet cuisine in the elegant lakefront ballroom.

For tickets, call (313) 332-4074 or visit

Masters of Music: Copland and his Contemporaries

Sunday, February 21, 2016 | 4:00 p.m.
Berman Center for the Performing Arts
6600 W Maple Rd, West Bloomfield

A tribute to America’s greatest 20th-century Jewish composers. Enjoy selections from The Tender Land and iconic pieces from his contemporaries, performed by artists of Michigan Opera Theatre Studio., rising stars of the opera, intertwined with history and backstories.

For tickets call 248-205-2557 or visit


The Tender Land – Wayne State University General Lectures (free)
Monday, February 22  | 11:45 a.m.
Schaver Music Recital Hall

As part of Wayne State University’s General Lecture Series, Michigan Opera Theatre’s Audience Engagement Coordinator and music historian Austin Stewart will offer a lecture on Aaron Copland’s opera The Tender Land. The conversation will focus on the history of opera in America, especially those commissioned for television in an attempt to bridge the divide between high and popular culture, and Michigan Opera Theatre’s own history with Copland and The Tender Land.


MOT Secret Cinema ($6)
Thursday, February 25th | 7:30 p.m.
Maple Theater
4135 W. Maple Rd., Bloomfield, MI

“Should one hear a movie score?” This is a question Aaron Copland posed to all movie patrons, asking them to consider whether they “listened to” or merely “heard” film scores.  Maple Theater’s Secret Cinema on Thursday, February 25 will feature a film rich in the number of ways a film score serves the screen, and Austin Stewart will provide a brief overview of Copland’s own career in Hollywood and his lasting impression on the silver screen.


Tender Land Opera Club Preview Performance
Saturday, February 27th | 2:00 p.m.
Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church
7925 Horse Mill Rd., Grosse Ile MI

The Grosse Ile Musicale has provided the Downriver community with vibrant, community-based arts programming since 1932. Michigan Opera Theatre is proud to join this impressive history, bringing to Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 27 at 2:00p.m. a free concert of chamber vocal music by great American composers. The performance will spotlight works of Aaron Copland, the “Dean of American Composers.” Musical selections will be accompanied by a lively discussion of the composers’ lives and times, and will prominently feature The Tender Land, Copland’s only opera, which will be performed in March by Michigan Opera Theatre’s Resident Artists at the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center (Taylor, MI) and Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.

Chamber Music of Aaron Copland

Tuesday, March 1st | 7:30 p.m.
Scarab Club
217 Farnsworth • Detroit, MI 48202
$25 (Students $12) At the door or by calling (248) 474-8930


Tuesday, March 8th | 7:30 p.m.
Steinway Gallery of Detroit
2700 E. West Maple, Commerce Township
$15 at the door (Students $10)

Members of the renowned Michigan Opera Theatre orchestra will join pianist Mary Siciliano and soprano Mary Martin in an evening of chamber music by the Dean of American Composers, Aaron Copland. Selected repertoire will highlight several eras in the life of this guiding musical voice, and allow audiences an opportunity to experience his music in a more intimate setting. Coupled with the performances of The Tender Land by Michigan Opera Theatre’s resident artists in March, these evenings of chamber music will express the magnetism of a composer whose music helped defined the twentieth-century human condition in America.